Learn how to play the Em7 guitar chord (also known as E minor 7, E Minor 7th) with this free beginner chord lesson. The E Minor 7 Guitar Chord is a basic beginner guitar chord and very easy to play.
The E Minor 7 Chord is found by locating the 1, b3, 5 , b7 steps of the E Major Scale: E, F#, G#, A, B, C#, D#, or the notes E, G, B and D.. The “b3″ symbol translates to “Flattened 3rd” , which means we simply lower the 3rd step of the E Major Scale (G#) a 1/2 step to a “G”. The “b7″ symbol translates to “Flattened 7th” , which means we simply lower the 7th step of the E Major Scale (D#) a 1/2 step to a “D”.
So the notes of the E Minor 7th guitar chord are: E, G, B and D
Like most chords, there is more than one way to play the Em7 chord. I have listed two different ways to play it below.
Here is a key that will help you read the chart:
Chord Playing Tips: Be sure that you are pressing down on the strings hard enough and play each string one at a time to make sure you have a nice clean sound. If any of the strings buzz or sound muted, then something is not right.